Obama “shrugs off” the Poles and the Jews

Maybe to you the difference between calling the World War II concentration camps which the Germans set up in Poland for the slave labor and extermination of peoples they deemed undesirable (including millions of Jews) “Nazi death camps” and “Polish death camps” is insignificant.

It isn’t to me.  And apparently it isn’t to our allies the Poles.  If Hitler and his Third Reich had overwhelmed England in 1940 and with Japan somehow defeated the U.S. and then set up a concentration camp in, let’s say, Hawaii where a million Americans were gassed or worked to death, would you be okay with the leader of the free world (not sure who that would be but I digress) calling the murder camp in Hawaii that “American death camp.”  I wouldn’t.

A simple apology for the “misstatement” as the White House calls it would be in order.  Why when he’s ready to apologize for so many other things about our country is he unwilling to personally apologize for something like this?  It’s confounding.

Making matters worse is Obama and his devotees are so impressed with his smooth talking style.  They consider him–as he and his mother consider[ed] him–to be extraordinarily brilliant and a master craftsman of words.  But the facts don’t lie.

Like so many others before him, he isn’t nearly so smart as he is obnoxiously arrogant.

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Obama’s words had hurt all Poles and he expected more from Washington than just regret.

“I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman — a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors,” Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.

“Today, this is a problem for the reputation of the United States,” the prime minister said.

Members of Poland’s Jewish community — including the country’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich — said in a statement that: “We expect President Barack Obama to personally correct his words.”

Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski said meanwhile he had sent a letter to Obama “counting on (…) cooperation in correcting this unfortunate error” which “I am certain in no way reflects the thoughts or views of our American friend.”

I’m not so sure.

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